If I am raising my kids counter to the culture, is that a good thing for them?
Am I hurting their future if I don’t position them on the fast track to success…American style?
Counterculture is when your kids aren’t in soccer, don’t each have their own cellphone, x-box, and have their scholarships to top-notch colleges lined up by the time they are a junior in high school.
When did it become abnormal to say, “that’s OK, we have enough”?
We are counterculture to the homeschool culture also. We don’t want to boycott Disney, Starbucks, or Levis. We don’t take up homeschooling as a moral cause. We don’t see it that way.
Most parents want what is best for their kids and are the ones best equipped to make those parenting decisions. We do what we do because we believe it is the best choice for our children. I have no desire to apply that conviction to anyone else’s choices.
By counterculture, I am not talking about the “world is scary and evil, protect your kids at all costs mentality.” I don’t want my kids sheltered from the world. That is not my goal.
I want to provide my kids an environment where they can be themselves and grow up grounded in love and acceptance. In a culture, where even most adults suffer from a socially-generated identity, I want my kids secure in their identity in Christ and their worth through Him.
We don’t fit the church culture either. The last thing I want is for my kids to be religious and cloistered. I don’t want them living in moral superiority and exclusivity.
Is it fair to raise kids who don’t fit into the world or religion?